Not a day goes by that you don’t hear from someone struggling with the care of a mother, father, aunt, uncle, or spouse. As we age, certain daily tasks and chores can become increasingly difficult, which leads many seniors to consider moving into retirement communities. However, not everyone wants to leave their home.
Almost 90 percent of Americans 65 or older plan to stay in their homes as they age. Yet for many, the design of their homes is not suitable for older adults.
According to CDC, the population of Americans 65+ will double in the country over the next 25 years and by 2060 there will be over 98 million older adults, comprising 25% of the U.S. population. They can also be expected to live longer. Almost 20% of the older adults will be 85+, and demographics suggest that 600,000 will be over 100.
With this in mind, we will lead a panel discussion on October 12 at our temporary location, Chestnut Hill Elementary School. The purpose is to identify innovations in housing, wellness, services, and care-giving to effectively age in place.